December 5, 2023

Also because of Bellingham! El Clásico foiled in England

There is little enthusiasm about this on the island!

Football fans in England are watching El Clásico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid (from 4:15pm live) and are likely to feel doubly disappointed.

Because: In the UK, the so-called blackout rule prohibits football matches from being broadcast live on TV on Saturdays between 2:45pm and 5:15pm.

This means that from 3:15pm, when the traditional Giant Apple meeting begins according to English time, the screen in Great Britain will remain black for the entire match.

The background to the blackout rule goes back to a law passed more than 60 years ago, which aimed to encourage attendance at football matches in the English Premier League and lower leagues – and thus draw fans away from the television.

Which makes things doubly bitter for the Brits: in the current Clásico, they will miss Jody Bellingham’s debut – and perhaps his next concert.

Since the 20-year-old moved to Real Madrid in the summer for a fee of around €1 million, the former Borussia Dortmund star has donned the Real Madrid kit with enthusiasm.

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